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McMichael exhibition on groundbreaking Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice runs until February 11 2018

From a media release:

The McMichael presents major exhibition on groundbreaking Inuk artist
Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice runs until February 11, 2018.

KLEINBURG, ON—On September 2, 2017, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection will proudly present Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice—the first major exhibition on the life and work of this renowned Inuk artist since her untimely death in 2016.
Cape Dorset artist Annie Pootoogook
Pootoogook, who received the prestigious Sobey Art Award in 2006, is widely known for the skill and colourful detail with which she captured candid and contemporary scenes of everyday life in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Taking both the exceptional and the mundane as her subjects, Pootoogook's drawings intrigue in their openness, wit and sincerity, all the while challenging the mainstream perception of what Inuit art should and could be. "Annie Pootoogook's work cracked the glass ceiling for Inuit art and its place in contemporary Canadian art history," said Dr. Nancy Campbell, Exhibition Curator. "There is much to celebrate when looking at the potential and possibility for a new conversation that includes Inuit art in new ways in Canada and the world."

Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice will provide a comprehensive and thought-provoking overview of the legacy and influence of this artist, whose originality and contemporaneity left an indelible mark on the art world.
Cape Dorset artist Annie Pootoogook
Curated by Campbell, a distinguished Inuit art scholar, this exhibition will feature over 50 of Annie Pootoogook's drawings made between 2001 and 2010, as well as works by her Cape Dorset contemporaries: Shuvinai Ashoona, Siassie Kenneally, Itee Pootoogook, Jutai Toonoo and Ohotaq Mikkigak.

Shedding light on issues of reconciliation and recovery in the North, and drawing on the unique history of Inuit artmaking and the Cooperative system, this special retrospective honours an artist whose tragic passing on September 19, 2016, left behind a legacy that continues to inspire and spark discussion about Inuit art and how it is interpreted across Canada and the world.
Cape Dorset artist Annie Pootoogook
One third of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection’s permanent collection is comprised of works by First Nations and Inuit artists. Recent acquisitions by the McMichael demonstrate a continued and concerted effort in the support and purchase of works by Indigenous artists and female artists.

"Since 2014, the McMichael has acquired 176 works of art by Indigenous female artists to build upon the gallery's earlier historical collection," said Ian Dejardin, Executive Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. "Last quarter, the gallery purchased four works by Annie Pootoogook to complement a gift of twelve of her works the gallery graciously received,” added Dejardin.

About the McMichael Canadian Art Collection
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of over 6,000 artworks by Canadian artists, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, as well as First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. The gallery is located on 100 acres of northern landscape and hiking trails at 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in the City of Vaughan. For more information:

An intimate portrait of Cape Dorset artist Annie Pootoogook as she prepared for her first solo exhibition at The Power Plant Centre for Contemporary Art in Toronto in 2006.


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